Undergraduate study - 2021 entry


Volunteering offers a way for you to make a difference and achieve your goals. It’s not just for students who want to pursue a career in the third sector.

Volunteers gardening

We organise events, offer skills training, funding, and awards and recognition. We can also support you in setting up your own community projects.

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering can give you skills and experience that will make you stand out in the job market.

Being a volunteer can also enrich your personal and social life. You may have the opportunity to gain new perspectives, solve problems faced by the community, and take a break from academia.

Student experience - Keisha

Keisha Gani

"Volunteering has not only given me a more fulfilling university experience, but has also helped me prepare for my future career."

Keisha Gani, MSc Health Policy student

Volunteer Hub

The Volunteering Hub is exclusively for current students at the University of Edinburgh. You can use the hub to:

  • Search for UK based volunteering vacancies
  • Create your profile – to capture your volunteering experience and achievements
  • Log your volunteering hours – receive a certificate at the end of the year
  • Add your skills and download a record of your experience and achievements

Volunteering Hub

Types of volunteering 

There are hundreds of volunteering roles to suit your interests and schedule. Opportunities range from one-off, short term, long term, and home-based.

You can volunteer for a cause with other students by joining a Volunteering Society. Or you can volunteer in a one-off project helping Edinburgh's communities.

Volunteering Society

One-off projects helping Edinburgh's communities

You can also search for volunteering opportunities through Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer Edinburgh.

Volunteer Scotland

Volunteer Edinburgh

Student experience - Calum

Calum Sked

"I have volunteered as a youth basketball coach with a local club throughout my time at university.

"Coaching has developed my leadership, planning and decision making skills whilst allowing me to make a difference in my local community.

"Volunteering has offered me great opportunities to develop and make a difference."

Calum Sked, History and Politics undergraduate

Students volunteer to conserve Laing collection

Library, museum and gallery volunteers

Interested in conservation, rare books, exhibitions, or museums? Information Services are looking for volunteers and interns to help with tasks across the University.

Information Services: volunteers and interns

Awards and recognition  

You can gain awards for your volunteering through Edinburgh Award Volunteering or Student Awards. We may also feature you in our Spotlight On blog.

Edinburgh Award for Volunteering

Student Awards

Spotlight On blog